Cisco Systems laid another plank in its efforts to become a single stop shop for data center clients this week by forming a broad partnership with storage giant EMC.

Under the terms of the partnership the two companies will form a joint venture called Acadia that will sell their combined offerings to data center clients. The announcement laid to rest rumors that the companies may in fact merge after working together for several years to bundle their offerings. In a press conference Tuesday, the heads of both companies said such speculation was unfounded.

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